It isn’t every day that someone on our staff competes in the Ironman World Championships. Cecelia Rondou, CNM, of NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center (far right in above photo), competed in this grueling triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 14.
Cecelia began running, swimming and biking seriously many years ago and along the way, inspired her colleague to join her. Suzanne Saunders, CNM, frequently trains with Cecelia. Other NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center team members provide volunteer support in a variety of ways.
Cecelia, who trains year-round with a professional coach, has qualified and competed in these championships for the past 15 years. She has the distinction of being the only athlete in her age group to fully complete the course each time. Here is an excerpt from an article titled “Kona-Bound From St. George” on the Ironman website:
Cecilia Rondou, 62, went to St. George with the goal of qualifying for Kona, but with the ever-constant wind, she redirected her focus to making each time cut-off. Late into the run, her crew told her she was the only one left in her age group on the course. A quick bit of math and she knew it would be close but doable. With nine-minutes to spare (16:51:13) Cecilia was the oldest female finisher of the day.
The hardest part of competing in events such as this, is finding time to train when you have such a busy schedule, but the satisfaction of challenging and improving yourself pays off in the results. Let’s congratulate Cecelia who lives the Ironman mantra every day: Anything is possible!